Monday, January 30, 2017

Gaining Confidence

Mosiah 13:33 For behold, did not Moses prophesy unto them concerning the coming of the Messiah, and that God should redeem his people? Yea, and even all the prophets who have prophesied ever since the world began—have they not spoken more or less concerning these things? 34 Have they not said that God himself should come down among the children of men, and take upon him the form of man, and go forth in mighty power upon the face of the earth? 35 Yea, and have they not said also that he should bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, and that he, himself, should be oppressed and afflicted?

One of the things that Pte Gabaldón taught us is that when we don't know what to say we should talk of the Savior. He is the life and light of the world. He gives the world a hope for a better life and eternal life! Our Lord Jesus Christ has been testified and prophesied by ancient and living prophets. I too testify that the Savior will come again. I know that we are in the last days before the second coming of Christ and now is the time to prepare ourselves spiritually for what is to come in the future. I know the Gospel has been revealed to us in these times for our happiness in this life and progression to the life to come.

Hey Everyone!

It has been a somewhat cooler week here in Mazatlan! At the start of the week, I had to take out the jacket and sweaters because the wind was pretty chilly here. It didn't take long for the hot Sinaloa sun to come back out and remind us that he's still there haha.

This week was a pretty normal week. I've gained a lot of confidence in myself. I remember back in Teacapan I could hardly speak Spanish and I didn't know a whole lot about the doctrine either but now, I have come a long ways in almost 17 months here in the mission. Wow, has it flown by these last few months. I've been so busy and focused that the time just doesn't seem real anymore.

Beautiful Malecon

Elder Sanchez and I
With our investigators with the most potential, it was a pretty slow week. Everyone is always so very busy and it's difficult for them to squeeze in a time in there busy schedules to hear a message from the missionaries. We made some strides this week with some new investigators. One is Isaac, a young man who has a alcohol problems. We were able to testify of the enabling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and teach him that there is hope to overcome his addictions. We have several investigators that we have been working with over these last 3 and a half months here in Mazatlan that we try to make it around to everyone in the week. 

Wednesday night FHE group
One of the highlights of the week was a service that we did for our investigator, José, who is a painter. He makes paintings of the Mazatlan sunset, waterfalls, planets, animals- he is amazing! On Saturdays is when he goes to El Centro where all the tourists go to in the night. We went and helped him set up his things and sell his paintings to the gringos who didn't speak Spanish. It was so awesome to see all the people in awe watching the simplicity of the way he paints something marvelous.

I am enjoying the mission! We are starting a new missionary schedule where we are going to be having our companionship study and language study in the street, a park or in whatever place rather than in our houses. And we plan in the mornings now so we don't have to plan in the night and I can catch up on my journal again! Haha.

Have a wonderful week everyone! God bless!

Elder Bennett

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